McCloud Reservoir Boat Ramp



Description: The Boat Ramp Facility at the McCloud Reservoir offers public access to the lake that is managed by PG&E. Facilities include parking for vehicles with trailers, two picnic tables, garbage pick-up, and a vault toilet. Day use only.  Features: The McCloud Reservoir/McCloud Dam is the division between the Upper McCloud River and the Lower McCloud River. Mud Creek, which originates from the Konwakiton Glacier on Mt. Shasta, flows into the upper section of the river and then into the lake. It is known for its silt/sand and ash-laden waters. This silt remains suspended in the calmer lake water, refracting the color of the sky and giving the lake a vivid turquoise hue, similar to other glacier-fed lakes. Traditionally known to locals as the McCloud Reservoir, or the Res, it is a popular fishery. Scenic views include forests, brilliant blue-green waters, Mt. Shasta, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Bear, Deer, and and otters.  Water skiing or jet skiing on the lake should be conducted with courtesy to other recreationists and in the southern or downstream part of the reservoir after the big island.  Speed in all coves should be no more than 5 mph. DO NOT park in the red striped area near the ramp, it is for boat launching only.  Large parking slots are intended for vehicles with boat trailers only, not passenger or trailerless vehicles.

It is against the rules to either fish from, use as a base to swim or jump from, nor suntan or picnic on the boat dock at any time.  It is for the loading and unloading of boat passengers and equipment only.  Do not clog up the area when others are trying to load or unload.

Keep the ramp clear for boaters backing trailers, again the red slashed area is a NO PARKING zone.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Facility has a self-regristration/fee station (for the $5.00 day use fee only) at the entrance.  You may purchase an annual ramp pass for $25 at the McCloud Ranger District office located at 2019 Forest Rd in McCloud or at the Mount Shasta District office at 204 West Alma in Mount Shasta.  (even if you do not have a boat you must have a pass to park there)   
Reservations: None
Rentals & Guides: Kayak rentals can be found in McCloud California at the outdoor and gear exchange. 
Fees: Fee: $5.00 per vehicle, per day, even if you don't use the Boat Ramp.  An annual pass is available through either the McCloud or Mt. Shasta Ranger Stations.  Annual pass is good for a year from the time of purchase.  
Permit Info: Day use parking permits can be purchased for $5 at the kiosk by the restroom.  Annual parking permits are available at the McCloud or Mount Shasta District offices for $25.  Both the day use and annual parking permits can be purchased at half price when using your Senior, Access, or Military passes. 
Restrictions: No camping, do not park in the red slashed area, no recreating from or on boat dock other than launching or retrieving boats.
Closest Towns: McCloud, Mt. Shasta
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Passes: Interagency Recreation Passes:
Holders of Senior and Access Passports are entitled to a 50% discount of the posted fee at Forest Service facilities.  These passports are available at Ranger Stations and visitor information centers.
Persons over 62 years of age or the permanently disabled are eligible for these passports.  There is a fee for Senior Passports. 
For more information on these passes, please check with the Interagency Recreation Passes website.
Operated By: USDA - Forest Service: McCloud Ranger Station, P.O. Box 1620, McCloud, Ca 96057, 530-964-2184

General Information


From the McCloud Ranger Station, turn right on SR 89. Go approximately 1/2 mile to the left turn lane. Turn left on to Forest Road 11 and drive for 12 miles.  Stay left at the Y.

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